What is blepharoplasty? It is eyelid surgery to correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches beneath the eyes and remove excess skin in the upper eyelids. It can be done in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as Laser Skin Resurfacing.
What are the advantages of using a laser?
One of the major complications of eyelid surgery is bleeding. Since lasers are used for all aspects of the procedure, the laser seals the small blood vessels and greatly minimizes the possibility of bleeding. This allows better visualization during the procedure, and a faster healing time with much less bruising.
Are there stitches or sutures?
When the excess skin of the upper eyelids is removed, it is sutured closed after the procedure. The sutures usually are removed in 7 days. When the fatty pouches of the lower eyelids are removed, there are no sutures.
How long does the laser blepharoplasty take?
Depending on if the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both the upper and lower eyelids are treated- the time needed is usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Am I asleep during the procedure?
No but an anesthesiologist will give you medication through an IV. This "conscious sedation" allows you to have the procedure done relaxed and with minimal discomfort.
What do I have to do after the procedure?
There will be an antibiotic ointment or drops for you to use. Ice compresses during the first 24 hours help reduce the swelling that may occur.
When can I return to work?
If only the lower eyelids are done, usually you can return to work in 48 hours. If the upper eyelids are treated, most patients return to work without feeling excessively swollen in less than a week. There will be some slight bruising if the upper eyelids are treated.